How is the essay genre different from the genre of testimonio, and how is it different from short story fiction?

Discussion Board Post Instructions. Pick one question below, and answer it in a discussion board post.

For the first half of the text, briefly discuss the following questions in a discussion post, followed by a question to the class. Remember to answer two classmates’ questions as well.
1. How is the essay genre different from the genre of testimonio, and how is it different from short story fiction? Explain with specific examples from A Small Place. For example: how can you tell that this essay is non-fiction, in comparison to the short stories that were fictional? How can you tell that this essay is not a testimonio, in comparison to Life of Reyita which was a testimonio?

2. Think about how the Caribbean city portrayed in the essay: the people, the history, the landscape, infrastructure and neighborhoods. Describe what is similar in how the Anglophone Caribbean is portrayed in the essay A Small Place, that you can relate to how the Haitian capital Port au Prince in the Francophone Caribbean was described in “Children of the Sea,” and how the Cuban provincial city of Santiago in the Spanish Caribbean was described in Life of Reyita.

3. What does the text reveal about the narrator and the setting:

a) Who is the narrator, what is this person like (can you infer their level of education, where this person is from, age, race, gender?) ?

b) What can you tell us about the setting: as a reader, what can you infer about the context and the setting: the historical era, the geographical location, the specific places through which the text takes its readers, the time of day, the time of year.

4. The essay covers a wide range of history, and global phenomena, and at the same time, it has razor sharp focus on one specific part of the world. Take note of this while you read: what is happening in the world – what does the essay teach you about world history, past and present? What is happening at the local level – what does the essay teach you about local issues, past and present?

To earn all of the points for this module, answer one question above, include at least three references to the reading, and write at least 200 words. Follow the participation rubric below, and remember to post a question to classmates.

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